Image Resurrection

Join me while learning from the very talented Desley’s Image Reboot experiences, how to work with LightRoom editing and save lost photos.

I am going to show a sort of ‘resurrection’ of an image that I totally messed up with while shooting on manual, and forgetting to change settings from the shot before that.

With Lightroom’s editing possibilities, I performed a few steps and brought it back to life into a more acceptable format.

Look at this image


Here is what I worked on the RAW file:

  • Exposure:  -1,60
  • White Clipping: +48
  • Black Clipping: -77
  • Shadows: -83
  • Highlights: +23
  • Convert to Black and White
  • Clarity: +38
  • Contrast: +21

And here is the original photo:


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41 thoughts on “Image Resurrection

    1. Thanks, Bill. I think it’s just bragging because you can see, for example, photos that have some colors which are just not original.
      I fully agree with you. Great comment. Thanks!


  1. Lucile! What magic you created! The “after” image looks great (although the “before” image was good too!) I admire your photography skills!
    Cheers my friend!


  2. Excellent post-processing. I’m pretty sure that messing up because you forgot to change the settings from the prior shot, has happened to all of us. I know for a fact that it has happened to me a lot of times!
    It’s good that you shoot RAW, because if this was a JPEG I doubt that the file would contain enough details for even Lightroom to be able to save it.


    1. Thanks, Cardinal.
      Happy to hear we all have been there. And I’m afraid it will happen again to me. But as you very well said, shooting RAW gives a sense of comfort for future rescue operations.
      By the way, something very strange happens with my raw files. If I shoot both JPEG and RAW, I have no idea how it happens, but the RAW image captures much more around it than the JPEG, and more than what I saw on the screen while shooting.
      Have you ever heard of this?
      I’m not complaining as most of the times it gives me more options to play with cropping.


  3. Amazing! A great example of how washed out photos can still make good black and whites with sufficient tonal range 😀 but then again, you nailed a beautiful shot to begin with 🙂 the bokeh looks delicious.


        1. Not really, gfchopstix. I started using LightRoom two months ago and I haven’t scratched the surface yet. There are so many possibilities and I need to seriously read the tutorials and practice it. Thanks for your kindness.

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